Which Side Are You On?/Rise Up October! Protest in Fontana, California—Justice for Ernesto Flores

August 17, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us


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The Fontana, California, site of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department station.

On Saturday, August 15—four months to the day 52-year-old Ernesto Flores was murdered by San Bernardino sheriff's deputies—family and friends of Ernesto held a Which Side Are You On?/Rise Up October! protest at the Fontana, California, site of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department station. Four months ago, on April 15, Ernesto Flores was having an unusual mental episode, and his daughter called 911 for help. San Bernardino deputies arrived at the scene. Instead of helping, they shot Ernesto Flores multiple times, including bullets to the head. Before being murdered by the sheriff’s department, Ernesto had come out of the house with his hands in the air. He was then hit by 19 bean bag rounds, which dropped him to the ground. Then, the sheriffs executed Ernesto right in front of his children. The Sheriff’s Department deputies then dragged Flores down the home’s walkway to the driveway, leaving a blood trail.

Since April 15, there’s been NO answers for why the sheriffs murdered Ernesto Flores. NO cooperation from the authorities. NO explanation for why Ernesto was murdered. NO answers whatsoever. The family of Ernesto Flores demands answers NOW, and the murdering sheriff’s deputies need to be indicted, convicted, and put in jail.

The August 15 event, in 110-degree heat, was a building action, and part of the movement Rise Up October!—hundreds of families throughout the U.S., with thousands and thousands of others, declaring terror by police MUST STOP NOW! We, including the family of Ernesto Flores, along with thousands and thousands of others, will be in New York City October 24, shutting down NYC and sending a message to the world there is a force on the scene determined to stop police terror in the U.S.



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